Compassion is Sexy

It’s amazing what being compassionate can do for your mind & body. I became a vegan because I wanted to do my own small part in making the world a better place, and though some would debate how much of a difference I’ve made, the change I’ve seen in my own life is undeniable. This blog advocates for delicious food (that is often healthy and sometimes decadent), exercise that elevates, healthy body ideals, spirituality in many forms, mindfulness and good vibrations. I love animals, natural beauty remedies, plenty of sunshine and even more water. I believe in compassion and equality for all. And I’m kind of excited about life.
ravegelectarian:

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” —Elie Wiesel

ravegelectarian:

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
—Elie Wiesel

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Your name is upon my tongue

your image is in my sight

your memory is in my heart

where can I send these words that I write?

Rumi

I’m tired of my friends showing me pictures of dead animals that their hunting friends killed on Facebook. You know I’m an ethical vegan, why do you feel like it’s okay or funny to show me this kind of stuff?

And I’m sick of having to defend my beliefs over and over and over again. “Oh yeah? So what do you think about eggs? Is that really killing anything? What about milking a cow that’s just grazing in the pasture? I don’t have a problem with killing an old cow right before she enters into a long and painful death. It’s more humane. It’s more ethical. What about the poor people who can’t afford all your fancy-schmancy vegan products? They should be able to get the nutrition that comes from meat. You’re being CLASSIST.”

Actually, no. Animals are not our food, neither are their products. If “poor” people can’t afford healthy food (and no, they don’t need maca and cacao powders to be healthy; and I buy those full-knowing the privilege I have to be able to afford such “fancy-schmancy vegan products.” Also, guess what? THEY AREN’T JUST FOR VEGANS.), we as a society need to be looking at the ROOT of the problem (unequal access to non-GMO vegetables and fruits, etc) instead of treating the symptom by saying they should just eat meat. And the kicker here is non-GMO “humane” (LOL what lies, humanely slaughtered) meat is EXPENSIVE, and often MORE EXPENSIVE that the organic “vegan” food you’re citing is. But you who is all about organic meat who would NEVER suggest ANYONE eat the standard American diet with meat pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones and other nasty shit is going to sit there and tell me that poor people can’t afford organic fruits and veggies? 

For the record, I’m prrrreeeetty sure GMO fruits and veggies are better for you than non-GMO meat.

Bottom line, I’M not the one who brought this up. You are. People say vegans are so fucking pushy and preachy but at the end of the day it is YOU who are showing me pictures of dead reindeer and smiling asshole hunters on facebook, and it is YOU who is trying to shove your ideas down my throat. Fuck off.

P.S. There is no milk available where we live (and we live in rural Alberta, FFS) that comes from some happy cow meandering in a flower-speckled field. 

***********DISCLAIMER ***********

I said much of this (sans swear words) to this friend whom I live with and generally get along with, but his ears were closed and the fight is over and I am not interested in hearing his, I’ll say it, LAME responses anymore.

Thank you for giving me this venting platform.

As you were.

  1. Tea contains antioxidants. Antioxidants can help slow down the aging process, and help cells regenerate and repair.  Many studies suggest antioxidants also assist our bodies in preventing cancer.
  2. Tea can lower stress hormone levels. Black tea can reduce the effects of stressful events by lowering the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
  3. Tea fights cavities and reduces plaque. Compounds in tea are capable of killing or suppressing growth and acid production of cavity causing bacteria in our mouths.
  4. Tea keeps you hydrated. Every cup of tea you drink, especially low or no caffeine varieties, counts as a cup of water with the added bonus of providing antioxidants as well.
  5. Tea may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Tea can help prevent formation of dangerous blood clots which are often the cause of strokes and heart attacks.
  6. Tea can help lower blood pressure. Drinking green tea daily can reduce your risk of hypertension by up to 50%.
  7. Tea aids your body in digestion. Tea has been used for thousands of years as an after-meal digestive aid.  It can also help relieve stomach cramps.
  8. Tea may help prevent diabetes. There is some evidence to suggest that green tea might help to lower the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.
  9. Tea can help beat bacteria. An Egyptian study testing the effects of green tea on antibiotics found the tea to enhance the bacteria killing effects of the drugs.
  10. Tea aids your immune defenses. A study comparing the immune activity levels of coffee drinkers vs. tea drinkers found the tea drinkers to have levels up to five times higher.

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Dark Sky Island

The gorgeous Isle of Sark, the smallest self-governing island in Europe, is located in the English channel 130 miles off the southern English coast. In January 2011 it became the world’s first “Dark Sky island” by controlling light pollution. The island’s single electricity source is an oil-fired power station, and there are no cars, streetlights or even paved roads: you can only get around by bike, horse, carriage or tractor-drawn bus. Due to the lack of light pollution, the Milky Way stretches gloriously overhead—from horizon to horizon across the pristine black sky.

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One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.
Robert HoldenBritish psychologist, author, and broadcaster, who works in the field of positive psychology and well-being, and is considered “Britain’s foremost expert on happiness”.

Okay, so I’m just obsessed with turtles eating things in general. Or, just obsessed with turtles… 

Okay, so I’m just obsessed with turtles eating things in general. Or, just obsessed with turtles… 

…Aaannnndd turtles eating fruits :)

…Aaannnndd turtles eating fruits :)